Books & Authors
Australia Struggles to Make Sense of Its Role in the New Zealand Massacre
Flags flew at half-mast against a grey sky over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Saturday, as Australia tried to make sense of what just happened on the other side of the Tasman Sea...
Their calling is to save lives. So why is the suicide rate among doctors so high?
It’s a late Friday evening in New York and Dr Michael Myers is finishing up the paperwork for his last patient as he takes my call from Sydney. ...
George Pell: The backlash to cardinal's sexual abuse conviction
Cardinal George Pell is awaiting sentencing for sexually abusing two boys in 1996. The verdict, which he is appealing against, has stunned and divided Australia in the past week.
It has sparked strong reactions from the cardinal's most prominent supporters, some of whom have cast doubt on his conviction in a wider attack on Australia's legal system...
We Are Ticking Time Bombs': Inside Australia's Meth Crisis
On a warm Thursday evening, at a community center in the pretty coastal town of Yeppoon, central Queensland, fifteen women around a table listen intently to another....
Black Saturday: The bushfire disaster that shook Australia
Ten years ago, Australia experienced its worst-ever bushfire disaster when 173 people died across the state of Victoria. Immediately branded "one of the darkest days in Australia's peacetime history", Black Saturday has left a profound legacy. Sharon Verghis reports.
"It was like the gates of hell. There is no other way to describe it."
Idle on Langkawi
After frenetic Kuala Lumpur, this island’s fine white sand, turquoise sea and tropical jungle are a welcoming world away.
Lying north of the Strait of Malacca in the southern Andaman Sea near the border between Malaysia and Thailand, the island of Langkawi, the so-called “Jewel of Kedah”, was once home to fishermen and farmers and a haven for pirates with nary a luxury resort in sight.
The Lives of Brian Sherman: entrepreneur, philanthropist, animal activist
Brian Sherman has lived a big life, or, as the title of his memoir suggests, several big lives. Reared the son of a shopkeeper in a South African mining town, he arrived in Sydney in 1976 ....
Homeless Australians desperately need help, and there's no plan
Those who dedicate their lives to helping the country's homeless population say that Australia lacks a plan to tackle the number of people living rough.
Jody Letts travelled the arc from middle-class security to homelessness in what seems like a blink of an eye....
Dance to the Death
Contemporary resonances abound in the Australian Ballet’s take on Khachaturian’s Spartacus.
“I am setting to work with a feeling of enormous creative excitement,” Russian composer Aram Khachaturian wrote on the first page of the score of the ballet Spartacus on July 9, 1950. ...
Like Meghan Markle, I know what it's like to be 'ethnically ambiguous'
Meghan Markle is an actress, model – and next to marry into the Royal family, if we are reading the tea leaves right following Markle's decision to close down her popular blog The Tig last week....
The evolution of Australia Day controversy
Australia's national day of celebration has drawn much criticism recently from those who say it causes unfair hurt to indigenous people.
More than most other nations, perhaps, Australia has a relaxed relationship to its national day. ...
Why we can't get enough of the Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood and her crimson handmaids are having a big moment in popular culture and politics.
Margaret Atwood will be 80 in 2019. In an interview on social news website Reddit, she described herself as in the “gold watch and goodbye phase of my career.”...
Notes from an 'early sender'
"You sent them when?" It is the common attack query that mothers like me face on a regular basis...
Australia Bewildered by Malcolm Turnbull's Apparent Rift with Donald Trump
“Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”...
Machu Picchu just one of Peru's many highlights for travellers
"IT would have to be one of the most dramatic descents in the world. As our plane approaches Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco, Peru,...
Serena Williams' demented detractors
In September last year, Nike nominated Serena Williams as the best athlete in the world – of all time...
Sydney Mardi Gras: How a violent first march spurred change
On Saturday, Sydney's famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras marks its 40th anniversary - and its first celebration since Australia legalised same-sex marriage. Much has changed since violence marred the first parade.
The death row inmates who turn to art: ‘We should be willing to listen to what they have to say'
Tyrone Chalmers started drawing at age eight. “Art shadows me everywhere I go in life… my best work comes from within my dreams.”
Age of empire
The newly formed Rockpool Dining Group is a game-changer in Australian restaurants. But how does it work? Who’s running it? And why? Sharon Verghis gets the inside word.
Australia is the hardest place inthe world to run a restaurant: Tom Pash...